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For the last few decades, there has been a rise in popularity of the Poodle mix, also known as the Doodle. However, in recent years, the amount of breeds being mixed with the Poodle has dramatically risen. Here, we are going to talk about some of the Poodle mixes you may not have heard about and will explore their temperaments, training retention abilities, and energy levels. Every Doodle mix is so unique, so let’s dive right into the 7 Doodles you may not have known about.
All of the “doodle” mixes we are about to explore in this article will be part of Poodle, so it’s important to dive into the temperament, trainability, grooming requirements, and more first. Poodles are incredible dogs with great natural temperaments, so it is no surprise why so many breeders are mixing other breeds with the Poodle.
Poodles tend to live for roughly 12-15 years, so you can expect a full, loving life from a Standard Poodle. They were originally bred to be hunting dogs, specifically for diving in the water and bringing back ducks and other birds to their owner. They are arguably one of the most intelligent breeds and extremely trainable. This fact alone may be one of the biggest reasons breeders around the world are crossing them with other breeds. Lastly, Poodles are hypoallergenic. When mixed with other dog breeds, the breeder is often working towards a mixed breed that maintains the properties of the Poodle’s coat to maintain the hypoallergenic benefits.
While you may be able to guess at this mixed breed, the Great Danoodle is a cross between the Poodle and a Great Dane. Great Danes are well known for their gentle, caring nature. They are extremely intelligent lap dogs that love physical affection. When crossed with the Poodle, it’s likely that you will end up with a rather large mixed breed! Ensure that you are prepared and ready for the amount of food your Great Danoodle will need, along with the space requirements for adequately exercising your pup. Training a Great Danoodle should be an easy task, as they will likely have a high drive for food. If you end up needing training assistance, companies like Delaware K9 Academy will be eager to help!
The Sheepadoodle is a mixed breed dog that consists of the Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog. The dogs are extremely energetic and playful and make excellent family dogs. While the puppy stages can be challenging due to their high energy levels, adequate exercise and training can help to curb some of the nuisance behaviors. While your Sheepadoodle may be hypoallergenic and is unlikely to shed, they do have a lot of grooming requirements. Be ready to invest a lot of time and money in maintaining your dog’s grooming needs, including daily brushes and frequent trips to the groomer for haircuts. Sheepadoodles can do well in cold environments, so they have the flexibility to fit into your home wherever you may live. Due to their potential for a longer coat, however, they may be prone to overheating in the hot summer months. Sheepadoodles have a great lifespan of roughly 12-15 years, so they will be a part of your family for a long time!
The Schnoodle is a relatively less popular hybrid mix, consisting of the Poodle and a Schnauzer. These dogs can grow pretty large, getting up to nearly 80lbs in adulthood. Schnauzers are known for their sturdy and alert temperaments, ready to take on any new challenges that stand in their way. When you mix that attitude with a Poodle, be ready for one fiery dog! Schnauzers are often used as protection dogs in Europe and can require a good bit of exercise. Be prepared to spend ample time training and exercising your Schnoodle, as the Poodle side of your dog will be ready to run as well. These dogs typically live 10-15 years, which will make for a wonderful loving addition to the family.
A Bordoodle is a cross between the Poodle and a Border Collie. Most people are familiar with Border Collies and their extreme intelligence paired with high levels of excitement and eagerness to work. When mixed with a Poodle, you get an exciting mix of energy. They can be integrated easily into a family with kids and can sometimes become great protectors of the younger members of the family. If you are late to training, you may encounter some rather stubborn traits, and it may be challenging to train them to listen to all of your commands. Due to their immense intelligence from both the Collie and the Poodle, they may become destructive if you fail to give them adequate mental stimulation. If you have a large backyard without a fence, consider reaching out to a local company that installs in-ground electric pet fences like Contained K9. They can help set boundaries that your dog will understand to stay contained to your property only. Bordoodles typically live for 12-15 years, so be prepared to spend a lot of time walking and training!
The cross-breeding between a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and a Poodle will yield you a Whoodle! These dogs have an average-to-high trainability level and are generally eager to please; however, they can certainly be a bit headstrong at times. They are far from being couch potatoes, so be prepared to spend a good amount of time providing them the physical exercise they need to be satisfied. Similar to the Sheepadoodle, they do have specific grooming needs that will require time and money, so be prepared! If you begin training at a young age, you will be able to minimize the stubbornness that comes with the territory of owning a Whoodle. Similar to the other doodles previously mentioned, the Whoodle should be a part of your loving family between 12-15 years.
The St. Berdoodle is a mix between Saint Bernard and a Poodle which yields an incredibly friendly, cute family dog. These dogs are extremely loyal and intelligent, making them a perfect family dog, especially with younger kids. They do best in environments with a lot of human interaction where they can be loved and cuddled. These big pups can often become mischievous if proper mental stimulation is not provided, so be sure to spend time training your St. Berdoodle each day! This versatile family dog does have a slightly lower life expectancy than other doodles at roughly 8-12 years.
The Newfypoo often referred to as a Newfydoodle, is a mix between a Newfoundland and a Poodle. These large, loyal, gentle, slow-moving dogs are exceptional family pets in any environment. Newfypoos have big hearts that love to cuddle and have human interaction, similar to the St. Berdoodle. Due to their large size ranging from 70-150 pounds, be prepared to spend a lot of time brushing your dog. Newfypoos are prone to matting in their coat, so daily brushing is needed to keep your dog’s coat in great shape. These larger dogs will live between 8-12 years, so be sure to cherish the time you have with them!
The Poodle on its own is a fantastic dog. They are extremely intelligent, like to work, have hypoallergenic coats, and typically do great in a family setting. When paired with other breeds, you can add other great dog breed temperaments and characteristics to have a perfect, all-around family dog. Depending on your lifestyle and needs, certain breeds may do better mixed with a Poodle. Regardless of the type of Doodle you choose, there will be some sort of grooming requirement. This may include daily brushings and often trips to the groomer for haircuts. Make sure to research the dog that the Poodle is being mixed with to ensure they will be a proper fit for you!